20190210 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be a Fisher of People

When was the last time you felt so down and beaten that you didn’t want to move forward and keep going? Was there anyone there to help encourage you? Did you believe in yourself and that person afterward? Unfortunately, I’ve been down this road several times. I’ve given up hope on myself to not want to move forward with LIFE. I’ve wanted to end it all. I saw no need to keep going because in my head, everyone else can move ahead without me and be just fine. I knew that it would be difficult in the beginning, but eventually, life would move along like it’s supposed to.

I believe it takes a special someone to believe in you enough to show you that it’s not the way you think things to be. I believe that sometimes other people have to have enough faith in you to carry you through those doubtful times. Luckily, I’m surrounded by the right people to show me that I have more to live for than what my head takes me though.

This Sunday’s Gospel mentions Jesus calling his Disciples to be fishers of men. Simon was exhausted after a full night of fishing and not catching any fish. When Jesus told him to, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” he was reluctant but did it anyways. They ended up catching so many fish that it almost sank their boat. Simon, James and John saw the “light”. They believed in Him because Jesus believed in them. Jesus wanted them to follow Him and gather other people to follow Him too. 

I’m working on myself. I’m working to see MY self worth in all that I do…for me, for my kids, for other people around me. I’m trying my best to pray more. I know that Jesus was with me when I thought about ending things. I know He wouldn’t want me to because He loves me no matter what and just the way I am. I know that He would want me to be the best person that I can be to gather people together to love Him the way He loves me. I want to be one of His fishers of people. I am not afraid…

--Kathryn

Readings at http://usccb.org/bible/readings/021019.cfm

First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2A
Psalm: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8   
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

 

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